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Bengals defense continues tight end gauntlet with Jimmy Graham

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"He's a big body so if you get up on him, a lot of the time, it would be jump-ball type of situations where he can reach up for the ball and you can't reach your short arms in there," said Bengals CB Leon Hall.

Chris Graythen

The Cincinnati Bengals defense has faced some of the league's top tight ends this season. Rob Gronkowski and Tim Wright burned Cincinnati for 11 receptions, 185 yards receiving and two touchdowns combine. Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta caught 10 passes during the regular season opener in Baltimore, gaining 83 yards receiving. Indianapolis Colts tight end put 64 yards receiving while Dwayne Allen scored a touchdown. Greg Olsen scored a touchdown.

Now the defense, which ranks 30th overall and 20th against the pass, faces tight end Jimmy Graham. The former third-rounder out of the University of Miami leads all tight ends with 56 receptions, ranks third with 594 yards receiving and fourth with seven touchdowns.

"He's Graham," Lamur said via ESPN. "He's like a dinosaur. He's so big. He's a tall guy."

Per Coley Harvey:

Because of his combination of athletic ability, size (6-foot-4, 240 pounds) and recent experiences, Lamur is the best option for consistently playing Graham. After covering the likes of Dennis Pitta, Delanie Walker, Rob Gronkowski and Greg Olsen, Lamur has already gone through a pass-catching tight end gauntlet.

But he has struggled. According to ESPN Stats & Information, the four tight ends caught a combined 28 passes for 339 yards, three touchdowns and 18 first downs with Lamur on the field. Only one 11-yard, first-down pass was caught by Olsen with Lamur not in the game.

A breakdown on how opposing tight ends are doing against Cincinnati's defense:

WEEK TEAM TIGHT END REC. YDS TD
5 Patriots Rob Gronkowski 6 100 1
5 Patriots Tim Wright 5 85 1
1 Ravens Dennis Pitta 10 83 0
7 Colts Coby Fleener 4 64 0
6 Panthers Greg Olsen 6 62 1
3 Titans Delanie Walker 4 54 0
7 Colts Dwayne Allen 3 52 1
10 Browns Gary Barnidge 2 46 0
1 Ravens Owen Daniels 4 34 0
3 Titans Craig Stevens 2 26 0
8 Ravens Crockett Gillmore 2 23 0
7 Colts Jack Doyle 1 20 0
6 Panthers Brandon Williams 1 16 0
2 Falcons Levine Toilolo 2 13 0
3 Titans Taylor Thompson 0 0 0
5 Patriots Michael Hoomanawanui 0 0 0
6 Panthers Ed Dickson 0 0 0